Monday, July 21, 2014

NEW RELEASE NEWS - Mick Hargreaves & King Guys "Never A Cover"

Mick Hargreaves and the King Guys will release a 6-song effort later in 2014, titled "Never A Cover", featuring studio recordings of song-renditions (one a co-write between Joe Delia and MH) they've performed at the Rodeo Bar NYC, which closes forever after July 27th, 2014.

MH & The King Guys final performance at the Rodeo Bar was on Saturday, March 8th. An August 9th show there was cancelled once the venue's closing was announced. This release will be a happy remembering of just how awesome a venue we've had the pleasure to play at, both with this band, and as part of many others. Recordings are ongoing with the Lantern Sound Recording Rig, and no actual release date has been set.

Meanwhile, the Mick Hargreaves 17-song "Best" CD is available at all shows, over at iTunes, and via download/mailorder direct from the official website.

Monday, June 9, 2014

THE HOUSE WRECKERS are Outrageous Open Mic Backing Band MONDAYS @Talkhouse

Sean Rafferty - Mick Hargreaves -

MONDAYS @ The Talkhouse - SUMMER 2014

Here we go - we had a blast all winter long doing Outrageous Open Mic Thursdays at the Stephen Talkhouse, and now things shift to Monday nights. From 9pm-10 we'll have a standard open mic happy-time hang out. (Signups begin at 8pm. Drums, Amplifiers are provided. Just bring your instruments.)

Then, at 10pm The House Wreckers will be available to back you up in full-on style; bring a song (even a printed chart if you have it) - and we'll be there for you. Or sit in. The 'Wreckers will always wind up playing a bunch of songs to round out the night, too. Fun ensues.


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Shade-Tree Sound Sytem Test

For tonight's 8:30 song-swap at the Old Mill Inn (Mattituck NY) with Bryan Galllo... Pete Mancini... and myself. Free. Take a scroll around here for details.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Funniest "Typo" We've Made In a While...

OK, it's not laugh-out-loud funny, but... We incorrectly had Greenport's Blue Canoe Oyster Bar & Grill, where we're playing on July 12, Aug 1, and Aug 16th, listed as "Blue Oyster Bar and Grill", which of course is because we're always thinking about The Blue Öyster Cult. Drive safe out there and we'll see you around! MH




Monday, May 12, 2014

PHOTOS: 'Twas a Great Winter with the Lantern Sound Recording Rig

One more session tonight, then we pack up the plantation tomorrow, after a great winter run at the secret hideout, working on making happy times and great sounds with nice folks such as Butchers Blind, Bryan Gallo, Marigrace Dineen, Skip English, Whaleheart, (Code Name) Separator, and session heavyweights like Randy Hudson, Bosco Michne, Klyph Black, Skip Krevins, James Benard, and Kevin Foran. Jackson, Chris, and Steve Clark were all here at one point or another, too. Matty Liot, Anthony Liberatore, and Pitt Reeves came in. Even the Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys crew posted some great takes and things are very far along on that front. The Hangdogs and the Long Island Hornets both got recorded at the Rodeo Bar (NYC) with the LSRR mobile thing. A productive winter. Probably even more names to add, here too, and they will be. :)

Many thanks, of course, to Chris Mehos.

We hope to see many of you guys this coming FRI MAY 16 and SAT MAY 17 at The Hideaway (MONTAUK NY) where the Lantern Sound Recording Rig Stage will be part of the Montauk Music Festival. Please pray for some nice weather so the stage is outdoors and not indoors (Plan B). See the related post in this blog for a listing of performers at the LSRR Stage. Thanks to all who graced us with their presence, humor, and talent!

Here's some eye-candy photos showing evidence of goings-on with the LSRR, on location this week. We usually don't take photos until the artist has left, so there's no humans shown. Hey, get those microphone lines off the piano.

- mh -

Thursday, May 8, 2014

SCHEDULE: LSRR Stage #MontaukMusicFest FRI 5/16 & SAT 5/17 2014

The Lantern Sound Recording Rig will be hosting a stage at the Montauk Music Festival for two nights, FRI May 16th and SAT May 17th at the Hideaway:

MAP: 364 W Lake Dr, Montauk, NY 11954 (631) 668-6592

Admission is free, and if the weather permits, the stage will be outdoors on the patio. I'll be master of ceremonies for the two nights, herding cats, and making sure all artists are accommodated with what they'll need on stage, and making sure things sound good to all present. Oh yeah, I'll be performing both nights as well. Almost forgot to mention that one.

The music starts each night at 6pm. See you there! Mick Hargreaves.

FRIDAY MAY 16th 2014

FRI 5/16 6pm - Lynn Blue & Mick Hargreaves

Vocal Duets. Nice ones.

FRI 5/16 7pm - Soundsource

ScottE. plays a mix of smooth acoustic classics and original. You can catch him with his band Soundsource or his solo duo projects. Singer /Songwriter, Percussionist/ good people/ humble/Quiet. Friends call him ScottE. Hop. He comes from a place out on Eastern Long Island called Shinnecock, which happens to be in the town of Southampton N.Y.

FRI 5/16 8pm - Zak Smith

2012 Jersey Acoustic Music Award Winner for Best Vocalist, Zak has a traditional and gospel influenced alternative/americana sound that has come from years of listening to artists like Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen. Zak has been on several successful east coast and international tours, filmed many music videos, and received coast to coast buzz and sales from his releases including the latest album, THE PRECAMBRIAN AGE.

FRI 5/16 9pm  - Kayla Stockert

Having become a seasoned pro at a young age, Kayla has already performed at places like the Dunkin Donuts Center in Rhode Island, the Highline Ballroom, the Apollo Theater in New York City, The Friars Club, Nikon Jones Beach Theater Side Stage, and many other large venues. In the summer of 2012, Kayla collaborated with The Como Brothers Band to write and record three original songs that make up their debut EP Castles in the Sand. Her songs off “Castles in the Sand”, continues to play on over 50 independent radio stations worldwide. Most recently, Kayla has begun writing songs on her own, trying to combine her love of oldies with a more contemporary sound; “Retro Infused Pop” music.‎

SATURDAY MAY 17th 2014  

SAT 5/17 6pm - Marigrace Dineen

Marigrace began her long journey into the deep abyss of rock-n-roll at 12 yrs, playing on the east end of Long Island in an extended network of family and friends of great musicians and lovers of all things rock-n-roll. Marigrace has been compared to many but has created a style all of her own. Her music has been licensed to commercials, television and movie features. The new band of misfits toured in support of her new CD in the spring and summer of 2013.

Sat 5/17 6:45pm - Kevin McWha Steele

Kevin is a poet and songwriter, who finds inspiration through singing, writing poetry/lyrics, and travel. After studying music and poetry in France for four years, he relocated to New York City in 1996. Since then, his professional music credits range from session vocalist for Virgin U.K. to performing/recording with a variety of musicians, performance artists and songwriters in both New York and Los Angeles. Kevin's most recent release is his self-titled 21 track LP. flezaDoza joins on guitar and bass, Andrew Potenza on drums. The album was recorded in Brooklyn and Binghampton, NY with fleza Doza as the engineer. Although, primarily a French cabaret inspired-folk/pop singer, Kevin is first and foremost a songwriter and inspired by taking risks.‎

SAT 5/17 7:30 pm - Mick Hargreaves and Friends

"The songs of Mick Hargreaves can be easily pigeonholed as "Americana", but that would do a grave injustice to the breadth of styles his tunes encompass. Having fronted many different outfits over the years, Mick's songs manage to contain a little slice of each of the roads he's traveled. A little classic twang here, some Early 80's college rock flavor there, but always tied together with strong pop hooks and melodies. It's hard not to compare him to another musical jack-of-all-trades in the legendary songwriter/producer Nick Lowe, as Mick also happens to be known for slinging a 4 string electric bass in addition to pickin' the six string. A veteran of the business, Mr. Hargreaves has cracked the code of what it takes to create some seriously infectious American pop/rock." - Bryan Gallo

SAT 5/17 7:45pm - Bryan Gallo

Bryan is a Long Island based singer-songwriter and former front man of the band Attic Space. His songs are inspired by late nights in bars, the backseats of cars, and the pressures and consequences of living life romantically. Intrigued by both the sounds of alternative country-rock and wistful pop music he embarked on a solo career and began to pen songs that would be deeply personal but still readily accessible. Steeped in reflective heartache, the lexicon of Gallo’s lyrics stands as a testament to his raw talent as a musician while weaving a flush and relatable narrative.

SAT 5/17 9pm - Butchers Blind

These guys are, put simply, a band that plays American Music. Their sound hearkens back to a simpler time before Rock & Roll was divided into a million small sub-genres and songwriting was still the order of the day. One may be able to hear the influences of Uncle Tupelo, Gram Parsons and The Band in their songs, but the real magic is how they blend these ingredients into a musical recipe all their own.

*** ARTISTS: Backline Info ***
4 VOCAL MICS Max. I have SM58 (3) SM57 (1).

There are additional inputs on the mixing desk for keyboards and/or acoustic guitars. Supply me with 1/4" mono or TRS stereo feeds for this stuff. It is recommended that keyboard players bring a small monitor amp regardless.

DRUM KIT: Kick Drum and Pedal, Floor Tom, Rack Tom, Hi-hat Stand, cymbal/snare stands, drum throne, drum rug provided.

BASS RIG: SVT-II head with a 2x10 cabinet. Eminence Legend drivers, the ones used in the full SVT cabinets.

YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN: Guitar amplifiers, keyboards, snare drum, cymbals/hi hats.

If you prefer your own microphone(s), that's not a problem. Let me know.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Blog Returns, With New Show Dates

The blog is back and we're making sure everything is all working here, getting the cobwebs and rust shaken out.

Until THU May 22 2014... I'm Master of Ceremonies at the weekly (every Thursday) "Outrageous Open Mic" (Mike Mazzaraco is Master of Sound, Phil is bartending) at the Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett).

SAT MAY 05 - MH & The King Guys have some very cool dates lined up for the warm months of 2014 - more on that tomorrow - at Saturday's show (May 5, Gicacomo Jack's, Amityville NY), we'll be celebrating the fact that they're continuing live music on the docks there. We start at 8pm.

The Lantern Sound Recording Rig has been very busy - six different artists in and recording right now, some very close to wrapping up - I'll be hosting the LSRR Stage at the Montauk Music Fest FRI MAY 16 & FRI MAY 17 - more on all that soon.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

About Stephen Talkhouse Open Mic Night, Thursdays

THU NOV 21 DEC 05, 12, 19, 26 JAN 02

Hello everyone. So, stop the presses... I'm MC-ing an Open Mic Night. You read that correctly.

It'll be at the Stephen Talkhouse beginning this Thursday, November 21st beginning at 9pm. Sign-ups start at 8pm and admission is FREE. We'll have a "Closed Microphone" segment at 10pm sharp for about 15 minutes with a weekly featured artist. On December 12, we've got Pete Mancini (Butchers Blind), who will also appear on Bonnie Grice's radio show that very morning on WPPB-FM 88.3 (Southampton NY).

The overriding reason to do this, at least for me, is to get our sorry butts OUT OF THE HOUSE on a Thursday night. I'm sure I speak for many when I say that it's much more interesting to interact with people face-to-face than it is to sit at home pressing another on-screen "like" button associated with something we *wish* we were doing.

The storied history of the Stephen Talkhouse and what has transpired there on many nights... is well known to many. But one particular night, for me, rises above all others. Friday, September 16, 2011 was the night a huge benefit took place, to help me out after I was attacked earlier in the year. A lot of money was raised that night, and at other benefits, and the Stephen Talkhouse kicked in some money over-and-above that as well. I'll never, ever forget that, and the way that made me feel.

So, now I, and we, return for a perhaps more casual, jovial, less solemn, less (for me) nerve-wracking, and hopefully funnier, regular gathering that will take place on six Thursdays over seven weeks beginning November 21st. There's no show on Thanksgiving evening.

Any open mic night that provides a full back line of drums, bass & guitar amps, keyboards and several DI boxes for performers... can be a potential three-ring circus, so Master-Of-Sound Michael Mazzaraco (who floated the idea for a weekly open mic night) and I (who, wisely, or unwisely, has accepted the role of Master-Of-Ceremonies) have cobbled together some guidelines to prevent things from spiraling downward into something that resembles this...

I'll probably play a few numbers right before 9pm so as not to take slots away from folks who've signed up. Then performances will begin at 9pm sharp.

We're gonna have everyone play one song each, and when everyone's played around once, we'll let everyone have second helpings. This is known as the "No second helpings until everyone's eaten once" rule.

As these things go, adjustments are always a possibility, probably guaranteed, and we reserve the right to tweak the guidlines. Please note that although we've forbidden only one song long to start ("Mustang Sally"), that list will surely get longer as time goes on. We're not sure yet whether songs will be added to that list by a show of hands by the audience, OR solely by edict of Phil and Larry behind the bar. Either way, it WILL be funny.

And, we're being 1000% inclusive. To wit: Accordions are permitted.

Second joke: No "cover" OR "original" songs are permitted.

Mick Hargreaves

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Delia/Hargreaves FRI 10/11 - Hargreaves/Bifulco/Gallo SAT 10/12

Some nice musical pairings this weekend:
 Friday October 11th 2013 8:30pm
Joe Delia & Mick Hargreaves
Highway Diner
290 Montauk Hwy  East Hampton, NY 11937 (631) 324-0130
Trading Songs Duet Style, Table for Two
Joe Delia, Mick Hargreaves. photos: J. Greiner
Diner Lingo: I'll have a Noah's Boy, Some Frog Sticks, Nervous Pudding, and a glass of City Juice.

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Saturday October 12th 2013 9:00pm
Mick Hargreaves / Mike Bifulco / Bryan Gallo
Old Mill Inn
5775 W Mill Rd  Mattituck, NY 11952
Mick and Bryan will take turns pullin' out songs, with Mike Bifulco on magical electric things...

History: Millers & their Millstones, Bootleggers & their Booty, Captains & Their Mates. "So much for the grist mill, it will now be known as a gin mill."

Monday, October 7, 2013

SETLIST: MH & King Guys, Cedar Beach Blues Fest 10/05/13

Gary Dawson (guitar), Michael D. Bifulco (guitar, slide guitar), Don Mangels (bass), Jeff McLary (drums), sister Jennifer Hargreaves Pawliczak, Mick Hargreaves (Acoustic guitar, harmoncia).

Hard To Get
Stuck in the Stable Blues
Always Come
Love In Vain
(R. Johnson)
Poor Poor Pitiful Me
(W. Zevon)
Queen of Hearts
Can't Keep Track of You Blues
(J.D. Gilmore)
Deuce and A Quarter
(K. Gordon)
(N. Young)

Friday, October 4, 2013

Mick Hargreaves Bass Guitar Workshop @ Crossroads Music SUN OCT 27th 5pm

photo: Tom Ciorciari

So, I continue to teach private guitar lessons, and I teach a "Rock Band" class of sorts one day a week after school at the Hayground School (Bridgehampton). That class currently has two guitarists, a bassist, a drummer, and a percussionist. We have a lot of fun, and these kids are getting better and better before my eyes. Very fulfilling to witness, and foster.

I also teach guitar at Crossroads Music
(Amagansett) on Saturdays, and after a brief break to perform a couple of weekend festivals in a row, I'm back at it from Saturday October 12th through 2013 and beyond. All this lesson-ing is really enjoyable, and I truly love it. But the question is...


It dawned on me that I started playing cello in 5th grade, moved to bass, toured, recorded, performed more times than I can count, and I've been at it for a long long time... but I've got no regular bass students! Where are you, fellow four (OK, five and six) stringer brethren?

Well, maybe this will flush you guys out:

Michael Clark and Crossroads Music have a "Rocktober Workshop" series going on Sundays at 5pm, featuring sessions with some of the greats around here: Drummer Corky Lang , Guitarists Andy Aledort (10/6, 11/3), Kerry Kearny (10/13), Bosco Michne (11/3), and none other than some guy named Mick Hargreaves (10/27) heading up the bass guitar class.

My bass workshop is for all levels of players and will be interactive, to say the least. I'll cover all facets of the bass, plus we'll review gear options/techniques, playing in different genres, and I'll field all sorts of questions. Seating is very limited so make your reservations now by calling 631.907.4838. Seats are $60 and classes will be at least an hour.

FB event page for Mick Hargreaves Bass Guitar Rocktober Workshop @ Crossroads Music SUN OCTOBER 27th 5pm

FB event page for all Rocktober Workshops @ Crossroads Music

Thursday, October 3, 2013

A Bunch of Fall 2013 Musical Doin's

Alternate Instrumental Mixes
Now streamable at
On Saturday, September 28 2013, I performed solo acoustic sets (alternating with Sara Hartman) at the Southampton September Fest, then hustled over to the Sag Harbor American Music fest to strap on the bass with both the Complete Unknowns and Joe Delia 'n' the Thieves. One of my fave moments was performing songs with Sara in both my and her sets, and having her whip out some ukelele soloing in a few of my numbers.

Both fests were a real joy, well-run, and all attendees reported having a great day. Many thanks to all the organizers involved with both of the events, including James Egan, Kirsten Lonnie, Kelly Connaughton, Kerry Farrell, and John Landes.

With Sara Hartman. photo: Julian Greiner
My bass, Mike Mazzaraco's guitar. Photo: Megan Collins

The Cedar Beach Blues Music and Arts Festival folks have been nice enough to have Mick Hargreaves 'n' The King Guys perform on Saturday October 5th 2013, on the main stage at 3pm in Mount Sinai, NY. For me and sister Jen (backup vocals) this is a fun homecoming in a big way. Mike Bifulco, Gary Dawson, Jeff McLary, Don Mangels, and Chris Mehos round out the King Guys onstage. Get all info at the official site:

MH and KG's at Cedar Beach Blues Fest SAT OCT 05 3pm

I've got a duet show with Joe Delia at the Highway Diner & Bar (Sagaponak, NY) happening on Friday October 11th. Details are still coming in, but this is during the Hamptons Film Festival, and my sister has a big role in the film Blue Ruin, which is screening at the fest.

The last time around, playing with Pete Mancini (Butchers Blind) and Matthew Grimm (The Hangdogs) at the Old Mill Inn (Mattituck, NY) was a total gas. I return there on SAT October 12 9pm, this time with singer songwriter Bryan Gallo and 'King Guys guitarist Mike Bifulco. Right on the water.

MH, Bryan Gallo, Mike Bifulco at Old Mill Inn SAT OCT 12
Lastly, the MH 'n' The King Guys resume recording our first effort this month over at the Lantern Sound Recording Rig, AND it looks like we'll have a MH 'n'  KG's Holiday concert on SUN DEC 15th at the University Cafe (Stony Brook, NY), on a co-bill with Gene Casey 'n' The Lone Sharks, put on with the folks from WUSB-FM 90.1

See you around campus!

Recording with MH and The King Guys at the Lantern Sound Recording Rig


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